Blog Tour: Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers

Title: Truest

Author: Jackie Lea Sommers

Genre: YA realistic contemporary

Publication: September 1st, 2015

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

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Silas Hart has seriously shaken up Westlin Beck’s small­town life. Brand new to town, Silas is different than the guys in Green Lake. He’s curious, poetic, philosophical, maddening– and really, really cute. But Silas has a sister– and she has a secret. And West has a boyfriend. And life in Green Lake is about to change forever.

Review

Westlin was expecting this summer to be normal and things to go smoothly as planned. But her best friend leaves for a vacation trip and her boyfriend is doing a job to earn enough money to own his personal car. As, expected her dad stays busy at church, to console and preach people. Above all, a new kid in town and Westlin happens to meet him first.  Fate aligns the path of West and Silas, a new boy in town. Silas also happens to share love for reading and literature just like West.

There were times when I wanted to slap West as she is selfish and mostly wanted attention of everyone around. She indeed cheated on her boyfriend, Elliot. She never truly loved him and maybe she stayed with him all this time because Elliot has put West first in his life. West encouraged Silas’s flirtations while they were friend zoned and co workers whereas Elliot already guessed that West is interested in Silas Hart.

The character of West is annoying at times, but this is what makes her a real example to an extent. I liked the character of Silas and his goofiness is adorable. Whereas, his sister Laurel irritated me often. I don’t know if the condition like hers actually exists. But, I have seen my grandmother saying unusual and delusional stuff like her and Gordon.

Truest is a light read with thought-provoking concept. It does makes you question and explore the philosophy of life.

Rating : 3.5 out of 5

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About the Author

Jackie Lea Sommers lives and loves and writes in Minnesota, where the people are nice and the Os are long. She is the 2013 winner of the Katherine Paterson Prize. She dislikes OCD, horcruxes, and Minnesota winters. She likes book boyfriends, cranky teenagers, and Minnesota springs. Truest is her first novel.

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Read an excerpt from Truest:

 

It didn’t take long to confirm that Silas was absolutely crazy.

One morning he showed up at my house wearing an honest­to­goodness windbreaker suit straight out of the nineties: purple, mint green, and what is best described as neon salmon. I curbed a grin while Silas gathered our detailing supplies from my garage. “What?” he deadpanned. “What are you staring at?”

“Your windbreaker is just so …”

“Fetching?” he interjected. “Voguish? Swanky?”

“Hot,” I said, playing along. “The nineties neon just exudes sex appeal.”

“Well, I thought so myself.”

And after the sun was high in the sky and the pavement was heating up, he took off the windsuit, revealing shorts and a New Moon T­shirt beneath, Edward Cullen’s pale face dramatically printed across the front. “Vader’s competition,” he said, shrugged, and started vacuuming the floors of the Corolla left in our care.

He also talked about the strangest things: “Can you ever really prove anything? How?” or “I read about this composer who said his abstract music went ‘to the brink’—that beyond it lay complete chaos. What would that look like? Complete chaos?” or “You know how in Shakespeare Romeo says, ‘Call me but love, and I’ll be new baptized’?  He’s talking about his name, but baptism’s bigger than that; it has to be. It’s about identity, and wonder, and favor, you know?” or “A group of moles is called a labor;  a group of toads is called a knot. Who comes up with this stuff? It’s a bouquet of pheasants, a murder of crows, a storytelling of ravens, a lamentation of swans. A lamentation of swans, West!”

 

 

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Blog Tour: Targeted and Trolled – Rossalyn Warren

I am thrilled being a part of this official blog tour and to get a chance to review this awesome book written by Rossalyn Warren.

Book Info

Title:  Targeted and Trolled

Tagline: The Reality of Being a Woman Online

Genre: Gender Studies

Format: Ebook (52 pages)

Publisher: Transworld Digital

Released On: 22nd October 2015

  A feminist campaigner is sent death threats online at a rate of over fifty-per-hour. A woman who shares on social media her experience of rape, so that others might feel brave enough to speak out, is bombarded with abusive messages. More than a hundred female celebrities have their personal nude photographs stolen and published by hackers. The victims of these stories of trolling and internet crimes have just one thing in common: their gender.
Most of us use the internet every day, but we rarely stop and think about the way we are received there and whether the treatment of women online differs from the treatment of men. As a Buzzfeed journalist, Rossalyn Warren has first-hand experience of the sexism and misogyny targeted at women online – the insults about their appearance, the rape threats, and in some instances even stalking.
In Targeted and Trolled, Warren exposes the true extent of the global problem. Informative, empowering and inspiring, this book is both a shocking revelation of the scale of the problem and a message of hope about how men and women are working together to fight back against the trolls.

Purchase link: http://amzn.to/1k7n9P2

 

Review

A book about the reality and facts which women faces everyday in their lives. Targeted and Trolled is precisely written and portrays the true image of this gender oriented society.

The book highlighted some incidents which happened to some of the renowned women who are raising their voices against sexual harassment and supporting the victims. Abuse and shaming are the very common examples of online harassment which women faces more than men. Most of us would have witnessed these acts on many of the social networking sites.

Often men are not aware that women are sexually abused and shamed on internet. Mostly, online harassment is gender biased. Men are usually harassed and shamed for intellectual in abilities where as women are harassed and abused sexually for being an online user.

Minorities are also targeted often. Muslim women are mostly trolled for sharing their opinion online and they are usually sexually harassed and abused by male online users from other religions.

Being a Pakistani female citizen, I can totally understand the way society often blames the woman. In some rural areas women are not allowed to have social media profiles and to be an online user. The main cause of this mindset is the fear of being sexually harassed online. Due to media awareness and campaigns led by NGOs this mindset is changing.

Most of the times Pakistani women are not even aware of the term online harassment. As Rossalyn has stated in the book, that most of the times women think that online harassment is a part of the deal for being an online user.

“Do no harm, take no shit.” — Wilson

Wilson also put an emphasis on  women that owning their voice is a powerful tool which they must use online.

Kati Heng’s way to spread out the word against harrasment: http://stopthecatcall.tumblr.com

 

“Rememeber this is your internet, this is your technology. This is your online space you need to reclaim.”  — Nighat Dad

Nighat’s work against cyber bullying:  http://digitalrightsfoundation.pk

It good to know that women all around the globe are fighting in their own ways against online harassment and sexual harassment. Victims are raising their voices and spreading out the word through social media to spread awareness and to support each other.

Katarzyna Babis, an art student in Poland, decided to tackle this issue with simple comics that illustrate the problems with different forms of victim blaming.

I just came across this article which focuses on ending the victim blaming.

Read more:  http://www.boredpanda.com/victim-blaming-illustrations-katarzyna-babis/

Author Bio

Rossalyn Warren is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London. Contact her rossalyn.warren@buzzfeed.com

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Don’t forget to follow along the blog tour and checkout the other stops.

This is a must read book.

Rating: 5/5

 

Disclaimer: I got a galley of this e-book via publisher and getting a review copy does not altered my opinion of this book.

 

Affinity Tour – “Firebearer” #AirAwakens

I am glad to take part in this affinity tour. You can find detailed info here: http://elisekova.com/which-air-awakens-affinity-are-you/

Your emotions run hot and people know you have fire in your veins. You can be a warm heat to those who get close to you. But, when crossed, that warmth can easily turn into an inferno. In a scrap you prefer to fight with your fists, alight with fire, over weapons.

You think deeply about the future because you can hone your ability to see along the red lines of fate that connects everyone in the world. Perhaps you keep this gift of future-seeing to yourself. Or, perhaps you sell it in a Curiosity Shop.

You are just like: Crown Prince Aldrik and Larel Neiress

I guess I am a true Firebearer! I would present you three reasons to prove my affinity.

  • My name “SANA”

“Sana” is an Arabic name which means brilliance, shine dazzlingly, resplendent, light and radiance. See even my name has a connection with this affinity. The element of fire possesses these traits as well.

  • My personality

My personality traits are very similar to the ones possessed by firebearers. Enough said! Just don’t cross my path. (wicked smile)

Anyways, I find it strange sometimes. But, I love burning useless documents/pages and watching flames eating up the paper.

  • Crown Prince Aldrik

Is it too obvious that I have crush on Prince Aldrik? Hushhhh! Keep it a secret, please! I would not like to have my bad impression on Prince Aldrik. Being a firebearer would give me an opportunity to learn from Prince Aldrik and to be his friend. (let’s hope for the best) *wink*

Zuko was my favorite from ATLA and Prince Aldrik seems similar to him in so many ways.

Don’t forget to read more about “Firebearers” here: http://elisekova.com/affinity-tour-firebearer/

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Interested in Air Awakens? New readers and those who have already enjoyed the first book are welcome to join the Pre- Fire Falling Read-Along! The read-along will have discussions, questions, teasers, deleted scenes, giveaways and more! All starting on October 25th.    (click on the image)